Sheffield based artist Kate Langrish-Smith’s practice is transdisciplinary, slipping between the notions of art and design and drawing upon contemporary fashion, ceramics and sculpture. She has adopted traditional craft techniques, and expands upon them by incorporating synthetic compounds, assemblage, balance and performance to create a new lexicon with her work. This has engendered a unique semiotics of object; allowing a reappraisal of the body in the context of familiar, ubiquitous and overlooked commodities.
Her practice seeks a rapprochement between our dislocation from the makers, materials and provenance of objects that were shaped for a relationship with the human form. She draws inspiration from the history of health, beauty, and art from which surprising and compelling ‘stuff’, ‘things’ and traditions are illustrated. These forms – vessels, tools and artefacts – are the starting point for collections and clusters of objects which reconnect and elevate disparate places in time through a common language of ritual, desire and fascination.
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